Loyle Carner

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Loyle Carner
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Background information
Birth name Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner
Born 6 October 1994 (23 years old)
Lambeth, South London, England, United Kingdom
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
  • AMF
  • Speedy Wunderground
Associated acts
Website www.loylecarner.com

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner,[2] better known by the stage name Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician and actor.[3] His sound has been described by NME as "sensitive and eloquent" and by The Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".[3][4]

Carner's debut album, Yesterday's Gone (2017), was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize.[5]

His stage name Loyle Carner is a spoonerism of his double-barrelled surname as well as a reference to his childhood struggle with ADHD and dyslexia.[6]


Early life[edit]

Carner was born in Lambeth, South London[7] and brought up in South Croydon[8] by his mother, Jean, his step-father, Nik, and his younger brother, Ryan.[9] He has had minimal contact with his father, who is of Guyanese descent.[9] He has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia.

At the age of thirteen, Loyle Carner had a small role in the 2008 film 10,000 BC, credited as "Young Hunter".[10] He started his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon, and moved on to study at the Brit School, and began studying on the acting degree at the Drama Centre.[4][9] In 2014, he dropped out of the Drama Centre after his stepfather died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), and decided to focus on his music.[4][9]

Carner is a Liverpool F.C. supporter, although at concerts he wears his stepfather's Eric Cantona shirt, (a passionate Man United supporter, Eric Cantona was his idol) – Loyle named his 2016 tour after the player in memory of his stepfather.[9] He also supporters Scottish football club Rangers F.C. and was quoted saying, "My grandad was a Glasgow Rangers fan. We used to go see Rangers play together."[11]

Music career[edit]

Carner played his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland in October 2012 supporting MF Doom.[3] He released his first EP in September 2014, titled A Little Late, which was well received.[9][10] He supported Joey Badass on his UK tour and went on to play the 2015 UK festival season, including Glastonbury Festival.[4][12] He went on tour and collaborated with poet and spoken-word artist Kate Tempest in late 2015.[12] In October 2015 he played on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series.[13] In late August 2016, he supported Nas in his show at the O2 Academy Bristol.[citation needed]

His debut album, entitled Yesterday's Gone, was released on 20 January 2017.[14]

On 27 July 2017, it was announced that Yesterday's Gone, was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize (which was eventually won by Sampha).[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2017 Mercury Prize Album of the Year Yesterday's Gone Nominated [15]
2018 NME Awards Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5 Loyle Carner Won [16]
NME Awards Best Album supported by Orange Amplification Yesterday’s Gone Nominated [17]
Brit Awards British Breakthrough Act Loyle Carner Nominated [18]
Brit Awards British Male Solo Artist Loyle Carner Nominated [19]




  • A Little Late (2014)


  1. ^ Horan, Tom; Horan, Tom (9 October 2016). "Loyle Carner review – the sentimental face of grime". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ "Ain't Nothing Changed – Loyle Carner". 
  3. ^ a b c "Loyle Carner Interviewed: 'Grime Changed my Life'". NME. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Loyle Carner shares his family strife to create awkwardly confessional hip-hop". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (14 September 2017). "Sampha Has Won The 2017 Mercury Prize". The Fader. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Loyle Carner: Why the South London rapper's album may have you in tears - NME". NME. 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  7. ^ "findmypast.co.uk". 
  8. ^ "Croydon rapper Loyle Carner – following in the footsteps of Bastille and Clean Bandit at LeeFest". 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Famurewa, Jimi (5 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: It was drilled into me from a young age that music had to have a story". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Staying Loyle to your Roots". Guestlist. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Sweeney, Chris (13 September 2017). "IBROX LOYLE Mercury Prize contender Loyle Carner says his biggest influence was his Rangers-mad grandad". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "New Music: Loyle Carner & Kate Tempest 'Guts'". MOBO. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Loyle Carner – Heard 'Em Say (Radio 1 Piano Session, 17 Oct 2015)". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  14. ^ Bingham, Jaguar (19 November 2016). "Loyle Carner is dropping his debut album". Mixmag. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist". Independent. 13 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Winners | NME Awards 2018". NME. 14 February 2018. 
  17. ^ "Nominees | NME Awards 2018". NME. 17 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Nominees | Brits 2018". BBC. 13 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "The Brit Awards 2018 nominations: Stormzy goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran for Best British Male". Evening Standard. 

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